First published in 1974 by DAW as a Paperback

The collection is made up of stories and essays alternately, ie: story, essay, story etc…

Notable editions:Gregg Press released a limited edition HB of 300 copies as a set with The Second Book of Fritz Leiber. They contained an introduction by T. Collins

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)

  • Essays
  • Monsters and Monster Lovers discusses
    Lovecraft, Machen, Bloch and several others and their memorable monsters
  • Hottest and Coldest Molecules science
    essay
  • Those Wild Alien Words: I discussion
    of the oddities of language
  • Debunking the I Machine an anti-war
    (not a specific war) piece
  • King Lear
  • After Such Knowledge book review
    of James Blish’s Black Easter
  • Weird World of the Knight chess
  • The Whisperer Re-examined discusses
    Lovecraft’s “The Whisperer in Darkness
  • Masters of Mace and Magic reviews of E. R. Eddison’s,The Worm Ouroboros, Mistress of Mistresses and A Fish Dinner in Memison. Also of Robert E. Howard’s (and various collaborators posthumously) King Kull, Conan, Conan the Warrior, Conan the Usurper and Conan the Conqueror

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